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Veterans Day Gathering and Gallery

By: Tiffany Freeze | Peer Mentor

November 20, 2017

Speech by Jim Stevens and Jesse Eastburn

Veterans Day is the day to honor those men and women of the United States armed forces who answered the call to defend our country. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy. We at The Art Institute of Colorado wanted to give back to our Veteran military students—active duty, reservists, National Guard components, veterans and their families—and showcase their work.

For the month of November 2017, The Art Institute of Colorado showcased the students' work in the John Jellico Art Gallery. Not only did we have military students involved, we also reached out to our local VFW Post 1 for a collaboration of art. Six amazing VFW Post 1 artists brought in work, along with one work created by a Word War II veteran artist who passed away recently, as a way to show that age does not matter when it comes to being an artist.

On November 9, 2017, we honored The Art Institute of Colorado military students with a gathering and an opportunity to talk with two military veteran Artists from the VFW Post 1 who have been decorated in and out of service. Jim Stevens, an award winning fine artist who is legally blind, spoke with our students of the trials and wins of creating art. Jesse Eastburn, a muralist and tattoo artist, explained to students several different ways to get their art out in front of people and to start getting paid for their art. Students, military and non-military alike left with gratitude and knowledge of art and veterans.

Painting by Jesse Eastburn Painting by Jim Stevens

We thank you, men and women of the United of the United States armed forces, for your sacrifice and love of our country.

By: Tiffany Freeze | Peer Mentor

November 20, 2017

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